Our Sikkim and Darjeeling Trip
On the bright cold morning of 20th June, we embarked to the edge of Nepal and the heart of Jhapa; Bhadrapur. Students of ninth and tenth grades along with seven teachers reached the hotter skies of Bhadrapur Airport and by evening we were rested comfortably at hotel in Gangtok, Sikkim crossing Tista river.
The next morning shortly after a short breakfast, we drove high up to Tsomgu Lake. The way to the lake was filled with fog and the cold breezes gave everyone either the want for warmth, or the urge to stick their heads out of the window to enjoy the moment. The lake itself looked sea-green in color, with yellow fish swimming within it. There was a hill station beside the lake and the rocky hills that surrounded it on three sides provided beautiful scenery nobody could ever forget. We spent three hours wandering and exploring the lakeside. We returned for lunch and in the afternoon, we went exploring a lot of Gangtok town. The day after, we visited Jhakri Falls, which is a moderately sized waterfall and a famous tourist destination. We went to a Tibetan museum afterwards, where we skimmed across various displays of Tibetan art and culture in Sikkim. That day, we also flocked to a flower show, where we observed the varieties of flowers found in Sikkim.
We departed for Darjeeling the same day, reaching our hotel in the evening. The road to Darjeeling was well paved and although congested had a wonderful view of forests and valley all the way through. Darjeeling town seemed similar to Sikkim in its style of architecture and physical buildup. On our first full day at Darjeeling, we went for rock climbing and everyone got the chance to get a taste of facing the big a rocks Infront of them. We visited a small monastery and a short while later; we visited the Batasia War Memorial, which is a memorial for the Gurkha soldiers. Inside the memorial park, there is a train loop and a statue of a Gurkha soldier. Visitors can look through specialized binoculars and see famous landmarks of Darjeeling. After lunch, we visited the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which also consisted of a zoo. We looked at many species of animals, birds and reptiles during our visit there. We students and teachers wandered around Darjeeling Town’s main square for the evening. There was even a dance party for everyone after dinner for that night being the last night of our trip.
The last day of our trip was filled with disappointment that the trip had to end. Yet, we all knew that we learned much about these places and had a lot of fun doing so. In hindsight, we all miss that the trip would last longer, but the fact that it had begun and ended made it ever so special for all.
Somi Kumar Pandey